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IRCLASS' SHARMA IS NEW IACS CHAIRMAN

Monday, July 15, 2019 

Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), was elected as Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in a recent Council meeting held in Busan, Korea.

Sharma, who took over as Chair on 1 July, has outlined his key priorities during his year long tenure which includes IACS to take a larger role in industry matters with a view to provide value added services to owners on the implementation of regulatory requirements.

He stressed the need to continuously strengthen the systems within IACS towards maintaining and enhancing quality operations. He is keen to enhance interaction with stakeholders towards affirming its relevance to the industry.

Sharma highlighted that IACS recognises the importance of good data in decision-making to guide its policy decisions and work has commenced on the formulation of IACS data driven policy. This would be “a very important step and will be one of the main priorities in the coming year,” he said.

Congratulating his predecessor Jeong-Kie Lee, Korean Register’s Chairman and CEO, Sharma said: “I am grateful to Jeong-Kie for his personal commitment to IACS during his Chairmanship and for laying the groundwork on a number of key initiatives that will be my responsibility to bring to conclusion. I am confident that with the support of all my Council colleagues, IACS will be able to demonstrate the proactive commitment necessary to ensure that the Association remains well positioned for the many challenges that face the maritime community.”

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